It’s Summer Summer Time! And I am gearing up to host a few get-togethers at my house, and wanted to create a seasonal centerpiece. This one is as easy as piling up a bunch of citrus fruits! When you are done, break out the juicer and make orange popsicles or mimosas for the following afternoon 😉 For a little something special, I sliced a few oranges in half, scooped out the inside, and add a wick then filled with granulated wax to create a quick candle!
What you need:
Greenery – I used assorted eucalyptus in my centerpiece
Citrus fruits – Oranges, Lemons, Kumquats, Grapefruit, Tangerines, Clementines, Mandarin Oranges
Table Runner (optional)
What to do:
Use a platter or plate to ground your centerpiece. It’s easier to have a base before placing your fruits so that they don’t roll around.
Start layering up your assorted citrus fruits. The more variety of fruits you purchase, the more visually interesting the centerpiece will look. Try to alternate color tones and sizes in your layering.
Next add in the greenery. Place the greenery in and around the fruits to add contrast.
Stand back and view your creation as a whole. If you notice any holes, go back and fill them in with that extra kumquat or eucalyptus sprig.
For the candles, slice an orange in half.
Scoop out the inners with a spoon. Snack as you go, of course.
Place the wick in the middle of the orange.
Pour the granulated wax around the wick and fill up the orange half.
One month into 2018 and I have been sticking with my healthy eating! Now for a challenging food day: Super Bowl Sunday. Instead of bringing my usual meat and cheese platter to the party, I am switching it up with veggies and hummus, aka Colorful Crudité. It’s been too darn cold to venture out to grocery shop, so I have been using Peapod for a few months to get my groceries delivered, so when they reached out to create some posts, I said “Heck ya”! I love working with brands I already use and love. Plus, they have super fun veggies (hello purple cauliflower!) and if you go right now to this shopping list and order, you can have all your veggies and hummus before game day!
The first secret to making it look like you spend hours on the platter: Spoon out the center of a red cabbage, then fill with store bought hummus. Add canned chickpeas, oils, a sprinkle of paprika and garnish.
Next buy all your veggies already sliced. Peapod has prepackaged multicolored sliced veggies, so you can buy just the right amount, and skip the time in the kitchen cutting everything.
To create the board, place your bowl of hummus and olives on the end of a wood board and build off each bowl as a starting point. Surround each with a groupings of veggies and crackers, then use nuts to fill in the in between space. If you have little gaps, fill with kale, and sprinkle some pomegranate seeds on top for a little color! Click here for a shopping list! Plus all your classic chips & dips, party platters and prepared foods, paper products, cleaning supplies #onestopshop!
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I like eating salads for lunch, but I dislike pulling all the ingredients out of the fridge and cabinet every day and making a mess. My trainer, Megan for High Def Heath, showed me an easy meal prep idea that would make the whole process much easier. Mason jar salads have been around for a while, but if you are new to the idea, the main thing to know is wet ingredients go on the bottom, and green go on the top (so they don’t get soggy). For this Southwest Salad, we started with a homemade jalapeño cilantro dressing, layered on my favorite veggies, then beans for protein, and topped with my greens of choice, kale. If it’s not quite filling enough, after you shake and serve, slice up a half of an avocado to top it off. Delish!
Ingredients and preparation after the break! If you are looking for a ton more recipes, check out Megan’s meal plans and shopping lists.